Graham Sets Conference Record on First Day of RMAC Indoor Championships

By Doug Fitzgerald published February 25, 2011

KEARNEY, Neb. - University of Colorado at Colorado Springs pole vaulter Lauren Graham set a new Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships record as the Mountain Lions competed in the first day of the RMAC Championships Friday at the Health & Sports Center.

Graham, who has already punched her ticket to the NCAA Division II nationals, cleared 3.83 meters (12 feet, 6.75 inches). Western State's Jesse Howe was second at 11 feet, 7 inches (3.53 meters). The previous conference indoor record was 3.71 meters.

In other action, UCCS' Kaitlin Frier took fifth place in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:28.40.  Running with the lead pack, Frier was just 7.73 seconds out of fourth place and 14.09 second ahead of the sixth-place finisher. Also taking fifth was the UCCS women's distance medley team. Veronica Sandoval, Briana Kay Alley, Kassie Mazzocco and Melissa Buchanan combined to clock a 12:52.88.

Ally Watson was ninth in the pentathlon with 2,275 points with a single-best event finish of seventh in the 60-meter dash. Two Mountain Lions competed in the women's long jump with Emily Weeks taking 11th with a mark of 5.21 meters (17 feet, 1.25 inches), and Ailena McDonald leaping 4.76 meters and 21st place.

In preliminary competition, two Mountain Lions qualified for Saturday's final in the 400-meter dash. Ashley Benfield posted the fifth-best time at 59.81 seconds. Dawn Eckert will join Benfield in the finals after posting a time of 1:01.13.

In men's action, heptahlete Brien Hopkins was sitting in third after four events with 2,465 points. The final three events will be held Saturday. Joining Hopkins will be teammates Canyon Parcell (fifth), Colby Elliott (sixth) and Mitch Jones (11th).

Mike English, who came into the meet as with the RMAC's top mark in the 5,000, took eight in Friday's race with a time of 15:08.20.

Anthony Cardinale, the defending RMAC outdoor champion in the long jump, took sixth in Friday's indoor championship with a leap of 6.91 meters. Cardinale also competed in the 60-meter dash. His 7.17-second time was 13th best of the day but failed to qualify for Saturday's finals.

The UCCS men's distance medley team of Matt Winfrey, Marc Hensley, Chris Ullom and Sean Turner took sixth with a time of 10:46.48.

In other action, Jason Shaver was 13th in the 200-meter dash prelims. In the 400 prelims, Travis Whitman missed making the finals by just .21 of a second and, at 10th, was the top non-qualifier. Alan Ford and Jon Christian were 12th and 13th respectively.

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